2020/21 Truffle tree production is well underway and competent Captain Coal’s is well trained and ready for the upcoming 2021 hunting season which happens from May to August. We trust that he’ll sniff out the truffles before any pigs can get to them.
2017 Saw approximately 100+ kilograms of black diamond truffles harvested, which is a great feat, considering that only four years previously Mushrush (Neil van Rij) identified and confirmed the find of the first black truffle ever found, in Dullstroom, South Africa.
Donna Hornby, South African truffle pioneer, recognized a passion for truffles and mycology in Neil van Rij and confidently handed over her baton to him as an obvious choice of successor. For over a decade Neil van Rij has been intrinsically involved in laying the foundations of the South African truffle farming industry.
Neil van Rij is the first fungal expert in SA to be involved in certifying truffle trees and identifying the first truffle found in South Africa.
Since 2011, Mushrush has been producing trees, managing plantations, facilitating soil analyses, soil reports and site and aspect recommendations.
A key aspect of successful truffle production is good quality trees. We use DNA tested inoculum to ensure that the farmer is getting trees inoculated with the black truffle or Tuber melanosporum. Our trees are certified annually as mycorrhized with Tuber melanosporum by an independent mycologist.
Suitable areas for farming or growing black truffles in South Africa include: Western Cape, KZN Natal Midlands – Underberg, Nottingham Road, Dullstroom/ Machadadorp and Clarens area.
Generally climatic requirements for truffle cultivation in South Africa would be; cold in June and July, with rainfall above 600 mm and well drained soils.
2020/21 truffle tree production is well underway and competent Captain Coal’s is well trained and ready for the upcoming 2021 hunting season (May-August) we trust that he’ll sniff out the truffles before any pigs can get to them.
We encourage investors and entrepreneurs interested in growing black truffles in South Africa to contact Neil van Rij, 082 2944 787
There are many types of truffles and they vary in size, shape, texture and flavour.